The following FLOSS for science related books were released during the month of October 2011. After reading this post you can browse a growing catalog of books that you can acquire through Amazon: FLOSS for Science Bookstore.
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The Art of R Programming
The Art of R Programming takes you on a guided tour of software development with R, from basic types and data structures to advanced topics like closures, recursion, and anonymous functions. No statistical knowledge is required, and your programming skills can range from hobbyist to pro.
Longitudinal Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences Using R
This book is unique in its focus on showing students in the behavioral sciences how to analyze longitudinal data using R software. The book focuses on application, making it practical and accessible to students in psychology, education, and related fields, who have a basic foundation in statistics. It provides explicit instructions in R computer programming throughout the book, showing students exactly how a specific analysis is carried out and how output is interpreted.
GPU Computing Gems Jade Edition (Applications of GPU Computing Series)
This is the second volume of Morgan Kaufmann’s GPU Computing Gems, offering an all-new set of insights, ideas, and practical “hands-on” skills from researchers and developers worldwide. Each chapter gives you a window into the work being performed across a variety of application domains, and the opportunity to witness the impact of parallel GPU computing on the efficiency of scientific research.
Social Network Analysis for Startups: Finding connections on the social web
Social network analysis (SNA) is a discipline that predates Facebook and Twitter by 30 years. Through expert SNA researchers, you’ll learn concepts and techniques for recognizing patterns in social media, political groups, companies, cultural trends, and interpersonal networks. You’ll also learn how to use Python and other open source tools—such as NetworkX, NumPy, and Matplotlib—to gather, analyze, and visualize social data. This book is the perfect marriage between social network theory and practice, and a valuable source of insight and ideas.